Recently, I have asked a few CLM Colleagues to set up a nonprofit entitled the Academy of Pedagogical Studies. It was established to provide various forms of support to educators and parents who implement programs based on evidenced-based practices (i.e., ABA, DI, and/or PT) to serve students with learning challenges. I have nominated Melissa “Missy” Hensley for the first annual award to support her Learning Independency For Everyday (L.I.F.E.) program at Central High School in Woodstock, VA. The L.I.F.E. program is teaching adults with disabilities how to live an independent lifestyle.
According to a CLM Certified Coach, Kristina Zaccaria, BCBA, Melissa “Missy” Hensley is absolutely an innovative leader! The students have accepted “Landlord Hensley” into their family. It’s amazing to observe such caring relationships and outstanding support! It’s also great to be apart of that “outer-ring” and see the model go full circle!
As another CLM Certified CLM Coach, Shonnet Brand, BCBA so eloquently noted, she had a vision and went for it. She is truly invested in the postgraduate program. Heather Miller, one of the teachers in the L.I.FE. program, noted that students come up frequently to “Missy” to give her hugs.
Below is the link to the full article that describes the L.I.F.E. program.